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TA21 Research Cycle

Trinity Access has an extensive outreach programme for students in its post-primary linked schools which enforces the aim of its three core practices: Mentoring, Leadership in Learning and Pathways to College. Such activities are founded on evidence-based practice in order to increase aspirations and support students to make informed decisions about their future. The literature highlights the importance of guidance and realistic role models (Mentoring), knowledge and information about higher education (Pathways to College) as well as innovative, student-led pedagogies (Leadership in Learning), in order to tackle educational disadvantage. Our longitudinal study aims to track students’ engagement with these core practices and measure their impact.

Action Research Cycle

The outreach programme uses an action research approach, with an annual cycle of three stages: observation, reflection/planning, and action. Each year, we collect data from students through surveys and focus groups. This allows Trinity Access to measure the impact of its supports and inform future planning at school, organisation and policy levels. Click on the data dashboard below to explore our school data.

Data Dashboard

The Trinity Access Longitudinal Study began in 2019. Each year we collect data from students in our linked schools and create annual research reports. The research team creates interactive, data visualization dashboards for each school to allow them to engage and reflect on their own school practices. These interactive dashboards allow school leaders and teachers to engage with the research and use it to inform school planning, growth and development. The data represented in the dashboard below illustrates an average across all TA21 linked schools.